Heavy Rains Flood Mission District Street With Sewage

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:31:34 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)--Crews are working to clean up sidewalks and businesses in San Francisco's Mission District after heavy rains flooded the areas with sewage Thursday.

Fire Capt. Jeanne Seyler said the sewage overflow was reported at 4 a.m. in the 2100 block of Folsom Street, near 17th Street. The Department of Public of Works arrived at the scene at about 7 a.m. Resident Michael Patterson said he saw the sewage spill when he walked out of his home Thursday morning.
"More than anything, I noticed a lot of debris on the sidewalks," he said.
Patterson lives on the east side of the block and said that the west side of the street tends to flood first during heavy rains. The flooding reached his side of the street this time.
"It crept up to the building," he said. "About two years ago, we had almost the same issue. The water crept into our garden, so it was a little worse that time."
According to a historical topographic map of the city from the 1890s, the low-lying block is a site that was once marshland surrounding a nearby creek.

(BCN contributed to this report. Copyright 2012, KRON 4, All Rights Reserved.) 
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